Justifying Japanese Relocation

During the Second World War, the Roosevelt administration issued executive orders to inter Japanese-Americans (many of them US citizens) in prison camps to lessen the perceived risk of Japanese sabotage.  These two films are examples of the ways in which the US government attempted to justify these actions.

Japanese Relocation

Source: The Prelinger Collection (direct link to video)

Challenge to Democracy


Source: The Prelinger Collection (direct link to video)

Questions to consider:

  1. What are three specific ways these films claims the internments are justified?
  2. How do the films attempt to downplay the negatives of the interment camps?
  3. What specific similarities and differences do you perceive between the two films? What might account for any differences?